Marc Gicquel is number 70 in the 2007 world tennis ranking. He is born to Guy, a professor in physical science, and Giselle, a retired tennis player, in Tunis, Tunisia on March 30, 1977. He moved to Boulogne-Billancourt, France together with his parents who hailed from Brittany, a region form Northwest France. He cut through the top 100 at the age of 29 and was both happy and determined since it was “now or never” for him that time.
Marc married his wife, Aude on September 25, 2004. The couple has a son named Noah born on December 31, 2006.
The right-handed tennis player turned professional in 1999. But prior to that, he was studying at a University for a degree in physical education until he was 24 years old. His tennis career was greatly influenced by his parents who also used to play at the local club. He began playing the sport when he was 7 years old together with his older sister, Stephanie. Aside from playing tennis, Marc loves soccer and considers Paris Saint Germain his best team.
He used to play in the second division club in France. He then advanced to playing the Futures tournament in 1999. For two and a half years, he seriously trained at the French Tennis Federation for the Roland Garros in Paris. After the formal training with a coach, he decided to train alone. After sometime, he returned to join the federation again. Now he is coached by Rodolphe Gilbert and Jerome Potier at the French Tennis Federation.
Marc’s strength comes from his forehand drives and services. He was able to join the singles category in the ATP at Amersfoort; and quarterfinal at Cassablanca, Estoril. For the doubles division he competed in the finals at Chennai with Baghdatis; ATP finals at Hertogenbosch with Darcis and at Munich with Vliegen.